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CO ALARM INSTALLATION REQUIREMENTS

Carbon monoxide alarm installation requirements (as per the Fire Code as of October 15, 2014)

  • If your home has a fuel-burning appliance or an attached garage, install a carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area.
  • If you live in an apartment or condo building:
  • If there is a fuel-burning appliance in your condo/apartment, install a carbon monoxide alarm adjacent to each sleeping area.
  • If your building has a service room, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed in the service room and adjacent to each sleeping area of all condos/apartments above, below and beside the service room.
  • If your building has a garage, carbon monoxide alarms must be installed adjacent to each sleeping area of all condos/apartments above, below and beside the garage.
  • For added protection, install a carbon monoxide alarm on every storey of the home according to manufacturer’s instructions

Compliance with the legislation will be phased-in:

  • Single-family homeowners and property owners/tenants in buildings that contain no more than 6 suites will have a period of six months to comply (April 15, 2015).
  • Residential occupancy owners of buildings with more than 6 suites have 12 months to comply (October 15, 2015).
  • CO alarms that have already been installed must be maintained in accordance with the Fire Code effective October 15, 2014.

What is carbon monoxide?

  • Carbon monoxide (CO) is known as the silent killer because it is an invisible, tasteless and odourless gas that can be deadly.
  • CO is produced when fuels such as propane, gasoline, natural gas, heating oil or wood do not burn completely in fuel-burning appliances and devices such as furnaces, fireplaces, hot water heaters, stoves, barbeques, portable heaters and generators or vehicles.
  • Over 80% of CO-related injuries and deaths in Ontario occur in the home (source: TSSA).

Symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If someone in the household is experiencing symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Call the fire department or 9-1-1 from outside the home.

How to prevent the build-up of CO in your home:

  • Ensure all fuel-burning appliances in your home are inspected annually.
  • Check that all outside appliance vents are not blocked.
  • Never use a portable fuel-burning appliance inside (i.e. barbeques, portable heaters and generators).

Testing and Replacing

  • Landlords are responsible for installing and maintaining CO alarms in their rental units
  • Landlords are required to test CO alarms in rental units annually and when the battery is replaced, changes are made to the electric circuit or a change of tenancy occurs.
  • It is against the law for tenants to remove the batteries or tamper with CO alarms in any way.
  • Test CO alarms every month by pressing the test button.
  • Replace batteries every year.
  • Replace CO alarms according to manufacturer's instructions.

Know the Sound of the CO Alarm:

  • Your CO alarm sounds different than your smoke alarm. Test both alarms monthly and make sure everyone in your home knows the difference between the two alarm sounds.
  • Know the difference between the CO alarms' low-battery warning, end of life warning and an emergency alarm – consult the CO alarm manufacturer’s instructions.

What to do if the CO Alarm Sounds:

  • Exposure to CO can cause flu-like symptoms such as headaches, nausea and dizziness, as well as confusion, drowsiness, loss of consciousness and death.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and you or other occupants suffer from symptoms of CO poisoning, get everyone out of the home immediately. Then call 9-1-1 or your local emergency services number from outside the building.
  • If your CO alarm sounds, and no one is suffering from symptoms of CO poisoning, check to see if the battery needs replacing, or the alarm has reached its "end-of-life" before calling 9-1-1.

 For more information regarding Carbon Monoxide alarm and requirments please click here. 

Attention kids! The TVO Push the button is back from October 6th to 19th! 

Visit http://www.tvokids.com/features/pushbutton for more information about the TVO Push the button campaign.

I have a fun challenge for all you. I am sure you are all familiar with the very popular children’s television program TVOKids!

Well TVOKids and our firefighter friends would like all families to test the smoke alarms in their homes. It’s easy to do but first you must get permission from your parents.

It’s very important to have smoke alarms that work, because they have a very important job to do. Smoke alarms will make a noise that will alert everyone in the home that there is a fire.

To make sure the alarms are working, push the test button for 10 seconds. If the alarm doesn’t sound, parents need to replace the battery or the smoke alarm. After testing the smoke alarms, everyone in your home should make a plan on what to do if there was a real fire. Find out the ways everyone would get out safely and decide on a meeting place outside of the home.

 

 

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